“NCIS: New Orleans” Season 1 Episode 11 “Baitfish” aired last Jan. 6, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, NCIS Special Agent Dwayne “King” Pride’s (Scott Bakula) past caught up with him after a bomb was set off at the 33rd Annual Navy-Marine Corp Relief Gala, in which he was the target. Unfortunately, his daughter’s boyfriend, Orion (Roberto Aguire) got critically injured in the process. There were more questions than answers, as Pride revisited an old case of his during his days working at the Sheriff’s office. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The entire NCIS: New Orleans staff, along with Laurel Pride (Shanley Caswell) and her boyfriend, Orion (Roberto Aguire), attended the 33rd Annual Navy-Marine Corp Relief Gala. Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder) surprised everyone with her dancing prowess. Orion graciously volunteered to take Laurel’s sweater to their table. A few moments later the entire area shook as a bomb went off, injuring many.
In the immediate aftermath, NCIS Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody (Zoe McLellan) helped evacuate people out. NCIS Special Agent Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black) looked for his boss, NCIS Special Agent Dwayne “King” Pride (Scott Bakula). Pride, however, searched for Laurel, whom he found near a table, holding a bleeding Orion in her arms. They brought him immediately to the emergency room. The doctors told them that Orion had suffered from internal bleeding. He then received a text message from LaSalle who told him that they were praying for Orion and that two people had died.
Back at the gala venue, they studied the two victims, Herbert Walker and Alison Lacroix. Based on that, they deduced that those two were nearest to where the bomb blast had originated- either table 14, 15 or 16. LaSalle then went to go look for footage; Loretta told Brody that she would be able to learn something based on the chemical traces of the shrapnel found in the victims when she performed her autopsy. Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich) went to figure out what the detonator was, as he only had one piece of it. Brody herself decided to comb through the list of everyone who had worked at the party as part of its staff. The next day, at the office, NCIS Special Agent, and hacker genius Patton Plame (Daryl Mitchell) insisted on helping out in the investigation. Because of this, Brody suggested that he run the name Bertrand Willis through his databases as he was the only waiter “unaccounted for after the blast.” However, they were interrupted by LaSalle who was able to get a hold of some footage which would allow them to pinpoint where the blast had originated.
At the hospital, they showed the footage to Pride and told him that the “exact site” of the bomb was table 19, seat 8- Pride’s seat. This meant that he had been the target of the bomb. LaSalle then decided to “set up a security detail” for him, but he refused and told him to set up one for Laurel instead.
At the medical examiner’s office, Sebastian was increasingly frustrated at the fact that he could not figure out what the detonator was based on their evidence as it was not enough. He then informed Loretta that the accelerant was “crude, lawn fertilizer and diesel fuel”. Based on the shrapnel, Loretta guessed that the accelerant had been placed in deep fryer. She then handed something else to Sebastian who identified “grease” and ball bearings.
Meanwhile, Brody and LaSalle went to bring in Bertrand Willis who worked at an autoshop. He then told them that his wallet had been stolen more than two months ago. He had called the credit card company regarding the charges they were forcing him to pay. His alibi then checked out, which meant that “anyone” could have been the bomber, as credit cards were easy to hack. The bomber had then used all of Willis’ identification to get into the party.
They were then interrupted by Pride who told them that the “connection predates” his time at NCIS. He was connected to a case he had worked before when he was still a deputy at the Sheriff’s office. He also informed them that Orion was currently “critical, but stable.” Based on the unique “signature” of how the bomb was made, he had been able to recognize as the same kind of bomb that had been used to intimidate him before on the first day of trial. It was after he had helped “round up” the Broussard Syndicate. He then deduced that since the older Broussards were either “dead or in prison.” The most likely suspects were from the second generation including Sasha Broussard (Callie Thorne), her brother Dante Broussard (Blake Heron), Ashley Broussard, Michael Broussard, or Frank Broussard (Chad Addison). He then instructed them to find them, while he went to pay an “old friend” a visit.
At a restaurant’s kitchen, he cornered Paul Jenks (John Livingston), otherwise known as “Baitfish.” He then circled Dante’s face in Pride’s picture and gave him Dante’s cell phone address. According to him, Dante had called him up and had asked for some help in order to get a false identity. Jenks had assumed that he had asked for one as it seemed like aside from drugs, Dante was planning on moving weapons as well. He also warned Pride that Dante used a “dozen phones.” Also, the bombing had been about “building alliances” with other gang members, as he wanted to put the entire syndicate back together. He then told Jenks to make sure that he called him up first if Dante ever contacted him again.
Back at the office, they learned about the fates of the other Broussards. Ashley had died, Michael was in prison, Frank had just gotten out of prison, and they had his current work address. Surprisingly, Sasha, who now dealt with charity work, as she tried her best to put herself as far away from her last name as possible, showed up in order to talk Pride. She then gave him the number and last known address to her of Dante’s. She told him that she was not surprised that Dante had been behind the bombing as she claimed that he had been obsessed with getting Pride to “back down.” She then commented that their fathers had been together at the “same cell block for a few months.” In the end, Pride just let her go, and told her that they would contact her if they needed her help again.
Brody and LaSalle then went to Frank. He was packing up some stuffed toys with motion sensors and told them that he had an alibi for the night of the bombing. However, Brody cuffed him as he had insulted her. A search of his locker turned up some Benzocaine that he was selling for Dante. He then decided to help them set up a meet with Dante. He was willing to do it as long as they dropped the charges of possession against him, and if they had a buyer who was “on the gird.” For this, LaSalle turned to his confidential informant, Ross P. (Martin Bats Bradford). However, LaSalle’s “bust went bust.” The DEA had set up a sting at the same time as they did in order to collar Ross P., whom LaSalle did not know was selling ecstasy. However, because of this, Frank “was in the wind.”
After Pride wondered why Brody and LaSalle had brought a motion sensor stuffed toy to the office, Brody told Pride that Sasha was there to see him. Sasha then told him that Paul Jenks had threatened her at work. This caused Pride to drive to Paul’s place. On the way, Pride called him and was furious to learn that Dante had contacted him, and he wasn’t told. Jenks then started to tell him that Dante was planning on doing something to Pride, but before he could say anything else, he shouted and a loud explosion was heard. When Pride got there, Jenks’ entire house was up in flames.
Based on the shrapnel that was found inside the body, Loretta deduced that the same kind of bomb was used to kill Jenks. Upon looking over the scene, Brody found another detonator. He informed Pride that the bomb had been inside the furnace to ensure that Jenks would definitely die. They also found another crystallized substance which they bagged for Sebastian to look over.
Outside, LaSalle asked Pride if they could bust Ross P. out of jail so that they could try once more to set up a meet with Dante. However, Pride wouldn’t budge, which left LaSalle “in the dark.” As LaSalle wanted to know why he wouldn’t him to get Ross P. out of jail, Pride brought him to the front of a house. He then told LaSalle that he had used Jenks as a confidential informant and bait in order to obtain evidence against the Broussards. However, along the way, as he needed Jenks so much, he had decided to look the other way. After the Broussards had been rounded up, however, Jenks tried to form his own crew. He led to a “grab and dash” robbery in 2002, in which his stray bullet had killed the little girl of the house, who was only nine years old at that time. For Pride, it was a stark reminder of how high “the cost of looking the other way” was. Their conversation was then cut short as Laurel had texted him about Orion.
At the medical examiner’s office, Sebastian informed Brody that the substance that they had found was Brown Pelican urine. He said that it would only be located in an area near the bird sanctuary. Using all of the cell phone numbers that they had of Dante’s, they were able to pinpoint a common cell tower location as its origin. They then stormed the abandoned warehouse near there, where LaSalle pinned Dante down. However, in interrogation, Dante told them that he could not have planted the bomb because he was too young to have known his father’s bomb recipe. It was also because on the night of the gala, he was at Miami, buying drugs.
At the hospital, Laurel informed her father that the doctors “induced a coma to reduce the swelling” in Orion’s brain. Inside the room, Orion’s parents stayed by his side. Pride then admitted to Laurel that her mother had always “worried about bringing my work home.” He apologized for what had happened as the bomb had been meant for him. However, she did not blame him at all.
The next day, Brody and LaSalle told Pride that they could only link Dante to the drugs, but not to the bombs. Sebastian then came and told them that the detonator was part of a motion sensor. It had gotten activated when Orion dropped Laurel’s jacket at that table, as he was in the motion sensor’s infrared proximity range. However, he could not locate any serial numbers, which meant that he could not trace its point of origin. However, when Pride walked around the hospital, he found some stuffed toys that had the same kind of sensor in them. He then called up someone, and asked for a favor.
At Sahsa’s office, she met up with Frank, whom she promised to help. However, it was revealed that Sasha had set him up so that both she and Pride could finally be free of the Broussard family. However, he claimed that he was being framed, even if they had found two other bombs in his garage. Laurel then called up to say that Orion was finally awake, and was going to be alright.
Pride was then called in by Loretta, who informed him that the body that they had thought was Paul Jenks, wasn’t, as their dental records did not match. This meant that Frank was telling the truth, and that Paul Jenks might have been the bomber all along.
Meanwhile, Paul Jenks, at a motel room, began to dye his hair. He was then interrupted by a knock on his door. When he opened it, he found a bag. After opening it, he found tons of cash, and a note that just read “More Soon”.
And that was all for “NCIS: New Orleans” Season 1 Episode 11 “Baitfish.” For more news, updates and recaps on “NCIS: New Orleans” keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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